Valentine's crafts for kids combine a healthy serving of glue and tissue paper (glitter, anyone?) to make a bevy of adorable gifts to share at school and at home.
First up: Here's a Valentine's Day spin on the Thanksgiving hand-turkey. All the little ones will need is construction paper, scissors and markers.
Stamp with Love
These potato stamps can be used for a whole list of crafts. First cut potatoes so they are flat on the bottom and about 2 inches by 2 inches. Then have the kids use heart-shaped cookie cutters to cut out the shapes. Use regular washable paint and paper to make valentines to pass out at school or use fabric paint and T-shirts for festive garb to wear on the day of love.
I Heart Mommy Onesie
While the kids are making a mess you can make a cute Valentine's Day-themed gift for a new mommy. Take a plain white or pink newborn-size onesie and stamp the chest with the heart-shaped potato stamp. With a fabric pen write cute sayings under the heart.
Be My Valentine
This is a short attention-span craft. All you do is glue the candy to the ringback. BlueMossGirls
suggests using a weak glue so you can reuse the ringback for another (non-edible) project.
Simple, cute and easy ... the three ingredients that are perfect for keeping the little ones busy. Check out CraftsbyAmanda for 30 more simple Valentine's Day crafts for the kiddos.
Paint Me Smitten
Most little girls in your life will go gaga over this easy beauty craft. Just take a half full bottle of clear nail polish and add a heap of heart glitter. DelightedMomma
used Martha Stewart glitter for her polish.
Need some stellar Valentines for the kids to hand out at school? Check out this Paper-source
how-to. All you need is some construction paper, scissors, glue and some googly eyes.
Here's another kid-friendly DIY Valentine card idea. Gather up the kids and arm them with pipe cleaners, construction paper, markers and toilet paper rolls.
Love Is in the Air
For these faux-stained glass hearts you'll need watercolors, wax paper, glue, paint brushes, scissors and string. This craft takes a little time but doesn't need to be taken down on February 15. Why not keep this mobile up all year long? Check out the full how-to at Holiday Crafts and Creations.
Here's a little inspiration for all you needle-and-thread gurus. Check out the original from Rae Gun
Image credits (from top): Martha Stewart, kiddley.com, cafepress.com, BlueMossGirls, CraftsbyAmanda, DelightedMomma, Paper Source, Martha Stewart, kaboose.com, Holiday Crafts and Creations, and Rae Gun.